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SolarWinds Discovery Enhancements - Streamlined Activation of Discovery Scanner

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SolarWinds Service Desk is excited to announce that several enhancements to the SolarWinds Discovery Scanner are now available. These enhancements further extend our agentless scanning capabilities by streamlining activation of the Discovery Scanner via improved usability and greater visibility into the deployment process. These capabilities include the following:

  • Last Scan Report:
    The Last Scan Report gives you better visibility into the Discovery scanning process by providing a detailed report on the last scan results. This report includes the number of devices that have been:

    • Scanned

    • Included

    • Updated

    • Newly Detected

    • Discarded

    • Skipped

       
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  • Test Credentials:
    During the installation process, the Discovery Scanner requires access to credentials in order to collect additional data on scanned devices. Instead of waiting for the next scan to determine if this works, you can now test your credentials before the scan begins. This helps ensure that the next scan will pass successfully while saving you time, since you can validate your credentials prior to the scan.

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  • Start/Stop Scan:
    The user can now force the Discovery Scanner to initiate an immediate scan or stop the scanning while it is in progress (See picture 2 below). This improves the user experience by giving you the flexibility to start or stop scans based on the needs of your organization as well as your schedule.

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  • Include and Exclude Ports from Scan:
    The Discovery Scanner performs the scanning of a subnet based on the Nmap tool, which has a port list of 130+ well-known TCP ports (see below or our documentation).

Default Ports Scanned Via Nmap

7

37

113

162

513

587

1025

1521

2000

2483

3986

5432

7070

9999

9

53

119

179

514

631

1026

1688

2001

2484

4899

5631

8000

10000

13

79

135

199

515

646

1027

1701

2049

2701

5000

5666

8008

32768

20

80

137

389

520

711

1028

1707

2101

2717

5009

5800

8009

49152

21

81

138

427

543

830

1029

1720

2103

3000

5051

5900

8080

49153

22

88

139

443

544

873

1110

1723

2105

3020

5060

5950

8081

49154

23

106

143

444

548

990

1293

1755

2107

3128

5061

6000

8443

49155

25

110

144

445

554

993

1433

1801

2121

3306

5101

6001

8888

49156

26

111

161

465

555

995

1434

1900

2427

3389

5190

6646

9100

49157

 

We are focusing on the most important ports to help optimize the Scanner and thus make the discovery scanning process quicker for you. However, if you do need to add additional ports or remove unnecessary ports to the Scanner, you can now include or exclude ports by expanding or limiting ports/port ranges.

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As we continue to improve the SolarWinds Service Desk, we appreciate your feedback. Let us know what you think about these enhancements!